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YMCA participates in 5 Days of Action to promote child protection during COVID-19

The West Suburban YMCA is participating in the Five Days of Action, a week designed to raise awareness and inspire adults to take action to protect children from sexual abuse.

The West Suburban YMCA encourages adults and organizations in the community to play a vital role in making Newton and the surrounding towns a safer place for children, especially during this ever-changing environment. As our communities continue to press pause and participate in social distancing, we all know that protecting kids looks different this year. Not only is our community dealing with a pandemic that is separating kids in need from the safe adults in their lives, but there are spikes in domestic violence, cries for social justice for Black lives, and more concerns about the mental health of youth and adults.

Five Days of Action will help communities and parents/caregivers take it One Day at a Time and will offer tips, tools, activities, and resources that are relevant to the current environment.

When adults know how abuse happens, see the warning signs, and respond quickly to prevent abuse, they foster a culture of child abuse prevention. Together, we can bring awareness to the issue of child sexual abuse in our communities and have important conversations around how we can all work together to prevent it from happening. Continue reading

Newton Schools Foundation Transforms Newton Inspires

Newton Schools Foundation transforms Newton Inspires into a Virtual Speaker Series

Newton native Jason Hehir, the director of the 2020 Emmy award-winning Michael Jordan documentary The Last Dance, will kick off Newton Schools Foundation’s 10th annual Newton Inspires: A Celebration of Ideas and Community. The live talks and presentations in which notable Newtonians share their interests and passions will be
delivered via Zoom — once a month through October 2021.

November 10th, 7:00 pm

Other monthly presenters include:

  • Denise Drower Swidey , PBS producer, food stylist and writer
  • Sonja Spears, Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer, Boston Health Care for the Homeless
    Program and Chair of the Newton Police Reform Task Force
  • Broadway actors and NPS alumni Zachary Baer, Skylar Fox , Tess Primack , and  Ryan
    Vona with special guest, Adam Brown, director of  Theatre Ink  at Newton North High
  • Sam Vaghar , executive director and co-founder of Millenium Campus Network, an
    international nonprofit that trains college students to be leaders in social movements
  • Giovanni Fazio, Harvard astrophysicist
  • Aixa Beauchamp, philanthropist and Co-Founder of the Latino Legacy Fund at the
    Boston Foundation

Sessions are free, although donations are encouraged and may be made at registration. To register click

All proceeds support Newton Schools Foundation. NSF funds professional development for Newton educators, grants that give teachers the opportunity to try new approaches in the classroom, and programs that address both racial and income inequities and enable all students to achieve their full potential.

Individuals and businesses wishing to support public education in Newton through a Newton Inspires sponsorship can visit

This year’s lead sponsors are Northland and The Village Bank. Other supporters include
premium sponsor Mark Development and major sponsor Wegmans.

Meatless Monday Cooking Club for Tweens and Teens

Meatless Monday cooking club is an afterschool online program where tweens and teens cook meatless dinners for their families to enjoy mealtime together. They will be developing important cooking skills as well as positive relationships with food.

Each week they’ll try a variety of creative and tasty vegetarian dishes from every corner of the globe. The goal of these classes is to help kids not only to become healthy eaters, but also to develop their palates so they can enjoy the diversity of food.

These will be live, fun and interactive 2-hour cooking classes over Zoom in their own kitchen. The program runs once a week for 5 consecutive weeks, beginning November 9th.
For more details please visit

Newton Families for In-Person Leaning

Newton Families for In-Person Leaning is a group of concerned parents who are advocating for a return to the classroom for Newton students. Their primary focus is on the high school students however members include parents of elementary and middle school students. They are advocating for NPS and the School Committee to:

  • Open ALL schools In accordance with the MA DESE Guidelines
  • Provide in-person instruction, at a minimum, of CORE SUBJECTS for ALL high school students that opt-in, with fully remote electives
  • Develop and support live-streaming options for at-risk children and teachers
  • Reduce curriculum to achieve equity of instruction and access across NPS
  • Comply with Individual Education Plans
  • Extend educational, emotional and social support to ALL Newton HS students
  • Provide weekly updates on SC plan for In-Person High School Plan in order to ensure that we are making haste to institute ASAP

Contact to be added to an email list which provides updates on the status of in-person learning efforts and provides ways to advocate for these goals.

BASCP in the Cloud Remote Programming

The Bowen After School Care Program is running remote programming for families in the Newton community, welcoming all K-5 children.

For a low monthly rate, your child will have access to numerous engaging opportunities throughout the week.  In November, the K-1 Program students will head under the sea, explore multiple modes of transportation, investigate Fall in New England, and end the month with a week of being silly!  Daily activities have been carefully planned to allow for learning, socializing, hands-on creating, and movement.

The 2-5 Program students begin their day Continue reading